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cazzi
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Mountain Ash or Birch Reply with quote

Hi,

I have a large south facing sloping garden. We get quite strong winds as we are high up. I want o plant some trees to help protect the garden for future shrubs and veg garden.

Can anyone advise me on the best trees to plant? We are surrounded by a sheep farm and have heard that Mountain Ash could be dangerous to the sheep. Is this true?

Thanks for any advice. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've never heard that about mountain ash before; did you get any detail on why it is dangerous?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
i've never heard that about mountain ash before; did you get any detail on why it is dangerous?


My apologies. I misread a post by James Kilkelly. He posted about the European Ash. It is poisonous to sheep and cattle.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i don't think it is? it's very common in the countryside.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mountain ash should not be a problem, For shelter you could plant a native hedgerow, If you want trees then plant Mountain ash. Alder, Common Ash, Field Maple or scots pine (Not a shelter tree but looks well)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mountain ash is not poisonous, I've been feeding the leaves/berries/bark of my Whitebeam to the guinea pigs and rabbits for donkeys years and the budgies get the branches too LOL
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